'Sonny' Dominguez: Duterte's voice of reason

The new Philippine finance minister has taken a realistic approach to tax as he plots an infrastructure boost. He's emerging as a straight-talker in a government of populists.

When Rodrigo Duterte, the country’s straight-talking president, was on the election trail last year, he admitted he was no expert on economics. But Duterte made a strength of his weakness, promising to rely on the top economic minds’ in the country for advice. With the appointment of Sonny’ Dominguez as finance minister, he appeared to be keeping that promise.

Dominguez is seen as a voice of reason in an administration that has too often resorted to populism. That reputation has earned him fourth place in our Finance Minister of the Year study an impressive debut, even if he hasn't yet reached the heights of predecessor Cesar Purisima, who...

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